Coaching for the Pregnant Runner: (Why You Need it).
Running and Pregnancy
If you are interested in: Specialized coaching services for the Pregnant and Postpartum runner- (I am a licensed physical therapist and ASEP certified running coach), please contact me by email : firstname.lastname@example.org. My philosophy is:
1. To provide a safe running plan with daily adjustments or alternatives as needed, for mom and baby during pregnancy (per Dr.’s approval/monitoring).
2. To provide up-to-date information and thoroughly educate mom about running during pregnancy safely, returning to running post-partum, and answer any questions that arise related to pregnancy and running.
3. Have mom return to running safely post-pregnancy in the short and long term!
4.Communicate and refer to other healthcare providers as needed.
Why do you need coaching?
- A Physical Therapist (who coaches runners) is best suited to guide you in running during your pregnancy). They have hands on knowledge of how muscles, ligaments and joints change during pregnancy and how they heal normally).
- Increase confidence in knowing when you should run, what equipment you may need, when it may be necessary to modify your program and find out how to decrease your risk of long term problems to your own body.
- Find out how to properly return to running after childbirth, to prevent long term problems.
- Find out if you are at risk for and how to decrease chances of incontinence (not typical long term in any case), pelvic prolapse, diastasis recti, and other injuries related to not recovering properly from pregnancy.
- Long term problems won’t always be apparent after a first pregnancy. Problems can occur down the road even when a running mom feels great initially, even for several years.
- Second pregnancies are not the same with respect to running while pregnant, cumulative, and typically need modifications sooner.
- Current books provide basic information about exercise and pregnancy, but don’t go in depth regarding long term effects to the running mom’s recovery.